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Safety management

The primary corporate objective of DFS is to keep the company's share of the risk of an accident as low as possible, using all reasonable means, while providing expeditious service. Achieving and maintaining a high safety level for air navigation services has priority over economic, operational, environmental, and social constraints.

To this end, the company operates a proactively oriented safety management system that identifies and mitigates safety risks at an early stage, going beyond national and international guidelines. Each time the air navigation services system is modified, all potential hazards are systematically examined and the associated risks are assessed and reduced to an acceptable level by appropriate measures.
The safety level of the company is constantly monitored and documented by various bodies - both externally and internally. As a specialist supervisory authority of the company, the German Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF) regularly and independently reviews all DFS processes. Internally, DFS ensures a high level of safety through regular inspections by means of safety surveys and safety audits. These safety surveys are carried out by partner air navigation service providers affiliated with FABEC (International Audit Cooperation Team – IntACT).